Concussion Injuries From Auto Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 3 million people are injured each year in the United States due to some type of motor vehicle collision. While these traffic crashes range significantly in terms of severity, the most catastrophic of accidents often involve a fatality. Sadly, the growing number of Oklahoma drivers places all motorists at risk due to increases in traffic congestion. As these motorists continue to enter Oklahomas roadways, it is important for all drivers to be aware of the most common risk factors.
The leading cause of head injuries today are auto accidents. In fact, about 28 percent of all traffic crashes result in a traumatic brain injury suffered by a passenger occupant. The skull provides limited protection to the brain, thus causing serious injuries when any trauma to the head is experienced. One of the most common head injuries associated with traffic accidents in Tulsa is concussion injuries.
Tulsa personal injury attorneys of the Edwards Law Firm has witnessed a countless number of auto accidents and associated injuries in our many years providing legal guidance for motorists across the state Oklahoma. During our time providing these services, we have pinpointed just what it takes to be successful in the courtroom. Applying our experience, knowledge, and passion for the law, our Tulsa personal injury lawyers are able to fight for maximum compensation for accident victims. If you or a loved one has been involved in a crash leading to concussion injuries, you may be entitled to compensation.
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Concussion Injuries Symptoms
Recent statistics indicate that approximately 25,000 people annually necessitate hospitalization to treat the head injuries that they have sustained during an auto accident. In fact, about 50 percent of all head injuries requiring hospitals visits are due to the results of a motor vehicle crash. These statistics serve to underscore the vast dangers associated with traveling on the roadways in Oklahoma.
When a bump or blow to the head alters the way in which the brain normally functions, a concussion injury has occurred. Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are the most common form of concussion injuries sustained today. Typically, any person who has sustained a concussion will experience a temporary loss of consciousness or lose awareness for a short length of time. However, depending upon the force of the impact, these people may also experience long lasting effects and confusion.
Understanding the most common symptoms and signs of concussion injuries is important for accident victims. Being able to recognize the signs of a concussion will help these people to seek the medical care that they need to heal properly. If concussion damages are left untreated they can develop into serious health problems. Therefore, anyone involved in an OK auto accident must seek medical attention as soon as possible. The following are the most common concussion symptoms:
- Concentration problems
- Noise sensitivity
- Memory problems
- Stiff neck
- Ringing in the ears
- Light sensitivity
- Slurred speech
- Sleep problems
Recognizing these symptoms is imperative to receiving the right treatment. All accident victims must also understand that some of the above signs and symptoms will not appear immediately following the crash. Therefore, anyone involved in an auto collision is encouraged to pay close attention to their physical and mental state in the days that follow. Even those who do not feel any symptoms should visit a doctor to determine if any damage has been suffered.
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Causes of Concussions
Motor vehicle collisions lead the causes of concussions significantly, accounting for a large majority of these types of injuries. More specifically, rear-end and multi-vehicle pile-up crashes are often linked to head trauma and thus concussion injuries. The jerking motion typically seen in an auto accident often causes the damage, especially since the passengers are often caught off guard and unable to stabilize their head before the collision.
The cerebrospinal fluid is what supports the brain and allows it to float freely inside of the skull. While this fluid is capable of handling the daily bumps and blows to the head, they are unable to handle the abrupt blows to the head that are typically associated with traffic crashes. In addition to auto accidents, the following are some other causes of concussions:
- Bicycle crashes
- Slip and falls
- Sports-related injuries
- Motorcycle accidents
If you or a loved one has suffered a concussion following a crash, Edwards Law Firm is prepared to take on your case immediately. Simply contact our Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas offices to learn more about your options.
The Edwards Law Firm will Fight for your Compensation
Accident victims are often left feeling lost and overwhelmed in the days following a traffic accident. The added stresses of a concussion injury to these feelings often leave these people struggling to know what to do next. The Edwards Law Firm understands how stressful any type of auto accident can be for all involved and we therefore work diligently to make our clients feel as comfortable as possible.
With offices located in Oklahoma, Texas, and Arkansas, our skilled personal injury lawyers are able to provide legal services to a wide range of individuals. We believe strongly that when the negligence of another causes injury to you, compensation must be paid. If you or a loved one has been injured in a crash, we are ready to fight for the money that you and your family deserve.